Identify Those Bugs on the Side of Your Home

 In Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Boxelder bugs are common fall invaders in SE Louisiana - Presto-X "Formerly Fischer"Here in SE Louisiana, we are used to dealing with seasonal pest problems. In the fall especially, pests are in preparation mode for the colder months ahead. Boxelder bugs and stink bugs in particular are two insects we see a lot this time of year. Both of these insects congregate on the sides of buildings, and unfortunately can easily make their way into your home from there! Neither boxelder bugs or stink bugs are dangerous, but they’re still a pain to deal with when they get indoors. Not to mention, they both emit a foul odor when crushed or threatened. Needless to say, you don’t want these insects inside your property. Keep reading to learn all about these fall invaders.

Boxelder Bugs & Stink Bugs: What to Know

These insects may not be as dangerous as other pests we encounter, but they’re a nuisance all the same. Both will gladly enter your home to escape cold temperatures if given the chance. Here’s what to know about these fall invaders:

  1. Stink bug
    • Their backs look like shields, and they can blend easily within foliage.
    • If threatened, these bugs release an odor.
    • There are two types we see in the states: the brown marmorated stink bug and the green stink bug.
    • They do not bite or spread disease.
  2. Boxelder bug
    • These insects have dark brown bodies with unique red markings.
    • They emerge out of hibernation in the springtime.
    • True to their name, they live in boxelder trees as well as maple, ash, and fruit trees.
    • Their feces can leave a stain and they have been known to bite defensively.

Stink bug and boxelder bug identification in SE Louisiana and Mississippi - Presto-X "Formerly Fischer"

7 Ways to Prevent Fall Invaders

To keep the bugs on the side of your home out of the interior of your home, exclusion is the key! Some of our best tips to keep boxelder bugs and stink bugs out are to:

  1. Replace torn screens on windows and doors.
  2. Check the caulk around the molding of the windows and vents.
  3. Seal up cracks around roof soffits, windows, siding, and foundation.
  4. Consider using low-pressure sodium exterior lighting, as UV rays attract the insects.
  5. Clean out any debris around the foundation of the house.
  6. Trim back trees and bushes to keep all vegetation away from the perimeter of the home.
  7. Clean and repair the corners of fences, decorative rocks, old piles of wood, and patio furniture.

Need Help With Stink Bugs or Boxelder Bugs?

Having a large population of these insects inside your home can be distressing for any property owner. The pest control team at Presto-X, formerly Fischer Environmental can help. Contact us today for more information!

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